Preserve & Protect Rhode Island’s Native Plants & Their Habitats

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Our Native Plants

  • We provide opportunities to study and enjoy them.

  • We encourage and offer guidance in their cultivation and use.

  • We educate the public on their ecological and aesthetic values.

  • We support land preservation and practices fostering their natural communities.

LISA LOFLAND GOULD LECTURE

October 5 | Kingston, RI

Ecological pollinator conservation:
How do we keep our native ecosystems humming?

Join Dr. Robert J. Gegear, Biology Dept. UMass, Dartmouth & Director of Beecology Project, for a discussion on what you can do to help protect and restore our native pollination systems, and the ecological networks that they support, in your own backyard.

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Thu 26

Vacant Lot Walk with Peter Del Tredici

September 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Recent RIWPS News

Native Bee Research at URI. You can help!

Thanks to Dr. Steve Alm, Professor, Department of Plant Sciences and Entomology, students are conducting important research on native bees. Most recently is the work to survey bumble bees in Rhode Island. They are looking for citizens scientists to help collect data. Please see the flyer.

RIWPS Fall Plant Sale a Big Success!

There was a fall-like chill in the morning air as volunteers set up tables and tents for our 2nd fall plant sale in Cranston. People were lining up before the sale opened and one of our volunteers Linda Hall began to show them plants, pictures and explain why they really needed these plants. It was a great way to start off the sale!

Resources

Find online resources and printed references from organizations that steward native plants, including the Rhode Island Natural History Survey, New England Wild Flower Society,  University of Rhode Island Outreach Center, Among Rhode Island Wild Flowers and, of course, RIWPS .

Grow

The Rhode Island Wild Plant Society (RIWPS) has seed starter groups in Exeter, RI (Seed Starters West) and Portsmouth, RI (Seed Starters East). Seed starters cultivate most of the plants at RIWPS plant sales.

Both groups would welcome more members. Dig in the dirt in non-gardening seasons and enjoy constantly learning about native plants! Don’t worry about the drive; many members car pool.

Explore

People of all botanical abilities are welcome at RIWPS events — beginners, experts, amateurs, and professionals. Come to enjoy and learn about wild plants.

Some RIWPS programs, especially the walks and workshops, can only accommodate a limited number of participants, however; so register early.